Court tempts Nick Scott to McCanns

Mike Court, McCann-Erickson’s new creative director, has raided his former agency, Court Burkitt & Company, to snatch Nick Scott as his head of art.

Mike Court, McCann-Erickson’s new creative director, has raided his

former agency, Court Burkitt & Company, to snatch Nick Scott as his head

of art.



As the senior creative at Court Burkitt, Scott had been caretaking its

creative department following Court’s resignation for the McCanns job

earlier this year (Campaign, 22 August).



The arrival of Scott, 37, who is Court’s first hiring, will reunite them

as a creative team as well as being the prelude to a departmental

restructuring with the announcement of new creative group heads next

month.



Court, who took over from Gary Betts and Malcolm Green in September,

said: ’I’m going to re-integrate the department and Nick will have a

pivotal role in this.



’For several reasons, there has been a lack of continuity here and

people have become very demoralised. I have been trying to motivate them

because there is a lot of talent at McCanns and we have to get staff

performing well. Nick isn’t just an outstanding art director, he is also

a superb judge of work.’



Court and Scott have a professional relationship going back to 1985 when

both were at the then Still Price Court Twivy D’Souza.



Scott is best known for his partnership with the writer, Richard

Spencer, which began at Still Price and con-tinued at Edwards Martin

Thornton - now Court Burkitt - where they were appointed joint creative

directors in January 1994.



Their credits included a controversial Hennes poster campaign featuring

women in provocative poses, as well as work for Mates, Virgin Atlantic

and P&O. Scott’s later pairing with Court resulted in new work for

Baileys Irish Cream and the Natural His-tory Museum.



Scott said: ’I like Mike and we work well together. I’ve always worked

in small agencies and this is a much larger job with the opportunity to

work on bigger brands.’



Pete Matthews, a former deputy creative director of Ammirati Puris

Lintas, is taking temporary charge of the Court Burkitt creative

department on a freelance basis. Hugh Burkitt, the chairman of the

agency, said he was hoping to be able to announce the name of a new

creative director soon.



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